EL CAMPO, TX -- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension hosted the annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference here on Wednesday. The USA Rice Federation is a sponsor of the conference and this year USA Rice staff Amy Doane, Director, Membership & Marketing, and Evan Spencer, Manager, Economic and Policy Analysis, attended informational sessions and spoke to producers about current issues affecting the U.S. rice industry.
Spencer provided members of the Texas Rice Producers' Legislative Group with updates on the Farm Bill, regulatory issues, upcoming Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) opportunities, and trade, especially the emerging Cuban market.
"We appreciate having the team fromWashington come to Texas to participate in this conference," said Daniel Berglund, a Texas rice farmer and chairman of the Texas Rice Producers' Legislative Group. "The work they do to communicate information and advocate for best practice solutions on behalf of our industry is clearly making a positive difference for Texas rice producers."
Contact: Deborah Willenborg (703) 236-1444